Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Pinned
I hope you're not too tired of seeing the progress on my Irish Chain quilt. Quilting is kind of a slow process, so it's incremental steps forward, but for each one it's so exciting I just want to share! When I said I was motivated to just go ahead and finish it, I wasn't kidding around. I actually got down on the floor and pinned that baby. I know there's lots of different ways to pin a quilt, but the way I learned was to sweep & mop the floor, tape the backing down with painter's tape, and then lay the batting and freshly pressed top down and then get to pinning. I use a Kwik Klip to help me with my pinning, but a friend recently told me that you can also use a spoon! Who knew!?
Anyway, this is the job that I avoid most often. It's not that I mind pinning, particularly, it's just that I have to do it all in one go. With the kids and dogs and visitors and things I have to stay on the floor with the quilt and defend it until the pinning is done and I can pick it up again. Which means sitting on the hard floor and pinning the whole thing at once. So that part is not my favorite. Usually I try to wrangle a friend to come keep me company, or put on some good music, and just relax and enjoy the process on a Saturday afternoon.
I wonder sometimes what I'll do when I am old enough that I just physically can't sit on the hard floor all afternoon. Maybe I'll only make doll quilts when I'm old so they can be pinned on the kitchen table. Or I'll stop machine quilting and do everything by hand. At any rate, I'm not there yet, so for now it's the floor for me.
It's not even closet to perfect, but it's getting done and it's mine, and that's all I care about right now.
It's pretty exciting that I'm just plowing forward on this. I know I keep saying it, but for me it's a major accomplishment. In a few short weeks, after quilting and binding and tying threads, I'll have a finished quilt to show you! Oh yes, and a quilt to sleep under! Did I mention that I backed it with flannel? Yes, I had a cream and pale blue Laura Ashley flannel sheet I had picked up at a discount store a few years back. I think it'll be perfect for these cool Spring nights.
Is the weather turning Spring-y where you live? Switching to lighter bed-coverings yet?